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31st October 1942

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Events On This Day

In Egypt. General Alexander, Commander-in-Chief of the British armed forces in the Middle East, cables to Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill as follows, Enemy is fighting desperately, but we are hitting him hard and continuously and boring into him without mercy. Have high hopes he will soon crack.

Russian Front. Extremely heavy fighting in the Caucasus, where the Wehrmacht ground forces made some progress at Nalchik, and the Russians at Tuapse.

In Australasia. In New Guinea Allied forces, occupied Alola. United States of America heavy F. force bombers damaged Japanese surface battleship and aircraft carrier at Buin.

Nine Luftwaffe aircraft brought down in daylight raid on Canterbury, England and four more destroyed during the night.

Eighth Air Force. General Spaatz informs General Arnold that operations against sub pens may prove too costly for results obtained. Believing the pens impervious to normal high-altitude bombing, General Spaatz plans to operate as low as 4,000 ft and accept higher casualty rates.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit landing ground. The medium bombers claim 1 fighters shot down while P-40 fighters flying escort claim 3. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers sent to bomb Maleme dispersal area fail to locate target because of overcast. 376th Bomber Group is activated at Lydda, replacing the 1st Provisional Group. Commanding Officer Colonel George F McGuire, who had commanded 1st Provisional Group. The 376th is intended to become part of an Anglo-American air force to be sent to the Caucasus to aid the USSR, but the plan falls through and the 376th remains in the Middle East.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb and strafe Nauro and area to North. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strafe supply trucks Southeast of Gona. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb shipping at Rabaul and in Buin-Faisi-Tonolai area.

Eleventh Air Force. Weather and reconnaissance flight over Attu and Kiska. Over Kiska, weather aeroplane draws antiaircraft fire from Little Kiska. No other missions as all combat aircraft are alerted for possible navy target.

M325 Minesweeper
Launched 31 October 1942

M467 Minesweeper
Commissioned 31 October 1942

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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